Sheltering Rain

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9780060012885: Sheltering Rain

A newly rejacketed edition of the 2002 novel Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes, the bestselling author of Me Before You and two-time winner of the RNA Novel of the Year award.

When twenty-one year old Joy meets handsome naval officer Edward at an ex-pat party in 1950s Hong Kong, the last thing she expects is to fall in love. Quickly wedded, she leaves to travel the world with her new husband. But she soon discovers that married life isn't all that it seems . . .

In 1980, Joy's young daughter Kate mysteriously flees the family home. Fifteen years later, Kate's own daughter Sabine leaves London in search of grandparents she has never known. When the family is finally reunited, hidden tensions come to the surface, uncovering a dark secret which has been deeply buried for years . . .

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On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and while they strain to listen to the wireless, twenty-one-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiance again for a year. In 1980 eighteen-year-old Kate's rebellion is to run away to from County Wexford with her illegitimate child. Fifteen years later Sabine leaves trendy Hackney to visit the grandparents she doesn't know, and finds that time in Wexford seems to have stood still.

When Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.

Review:

'A really really good book. One of the best I have read for you. I could identify with so much... It had everything going for it. It was well written with well rounded characters and a very good story to boot! Marks: 9/10. I am almost tempted to give it a 10/10!' - a Sarah Broadhurst reader

'This is a remarkable first novel, rich and deep and full of wonderfully realized characters. Oh, these women!' - Anne Rivers Siddons

A really really good book. One of the best I have read for you. I could identify with so much... It had everything going for it. It was well written with well rounded characters and a very good story to boot! Marks: 9/10. I am almost tempted to give it a 10/10! ( a Sarah Broadhurst reader)

This is a remarkable first novel, rich and deep and full of wonderfully realized characters. Oh, these women! ( Anne Rivers Siddons)

'This perceptive debut novel does the mothers-and-daughters thing in page-turning style . . . Be sure your bookmark is a hankie' - Elle

'Heartfelt and absorbing' - Christina Fotinelli, television producer, aged 27

A lovely book to sink into after a day of children and wiping ( Kathy Williams, teacher and mum, aged 37)

Moving debut novel . . . The attitudes of these strong-minded women and their generations are masterfully captured ( Hello)

Wonderfully captivating ( Jane Farrow, school secretary, age 49)

Believable characters, faithfully described scenery, horses and hounds, mud and mould, this is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its best. Destined to be a bestseller, the book has a beautifully designed cover and, once opened, it is almost impossible to stop reading ( North Shore Times, Australia)

'An impressive debut in which Moyes manages to capture the attitudes of these strong-minded women, their generations, and a strong sense of time and place quite masterfully' - Oxford Mail

'An excellent read' - Mrs Ada Isaaman, housewife, aged 84

'Moving and sensitive as the attitudes of these strong minded women and their generations are masterfully captured' - Cambridge Evening News

The attitudes of these strong-minded women and their generations are masterfully captured ( Hello)

Meaty saga ( Woman, London)

'Jojo Moyes immerses you so deeply in the shifting lives, conflicts and secrets of three generations of women in one family that you're sorry when it ends' - Australian Women's Weekly

Be sure that your bookmark is a hankie ( Elle, London)

'An emotional roller-coaster of a read' - Company

Moyes skilfully entwines the lives of three woman, Joy, Kate and Sabine, who must come to terms with family secrets and illegitimacy ( Marie Claire)

'Evocative' - Mrs S Robinson, nurse, aged 52

'Impressive and absorbing first novel about family secrets and their effect upon three generations' - Sunday Express

Although the story jumps frequently from place to place and from one generation to the next, the author is able to make these effortless transitions for the reader. The characters are strong, believable and endearing - and will evoke recognition and sympathy from all ages . . . an enjoyable read and a promising debut novel. ( KERRIE THACKERAYE at Sunday Express)

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